CPUC calls for public input on PG&E rate jump


The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is holding a Public Participation Hearing in Richmond on Monday, July 18 to discuss PG&E’s 2017 General Rate Case request.

The free public meeting will begin at 7 p.m., at Courtyard Richmond Berkeley, located at 3150 Garrity Way, Richmond, and will discuss PG&E’s request to increase its rates, which would become effective January 1, 2017.

If the rate request is approved by the CPUC, PG&E would reportedly increase its annual revenue by $333 million in 2017, followed by additional increases of $469 million in 2018 and $368 million in 2019.

PG&E directed a letter to its customers in September 2015, notifying them of the requested rate increase and outlining some of the needs for the new revenue—which include various system upgrades, operational safety improvements and increased efforts with emergency preparedness.

According to media reports, if approved by the CPUC the typical residential customer would see an increase of less than three percent on their monthly energy bill.

Residents unable to attend the hearing can submit written comments to the CPUC Public Advisor’s Office via email to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov, or mail to CPUC Public Advisor’s Office, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102. Comments should include the following proceeding number: A.15-09-001. Additional information regarding PG&E’s rate increase can be found on the CPUC website.

Richmond is part of the Community Choice Aggregation program that allows municipalities with the option to purchase electricity from a provider other than PG&E. Marin Clean Energy, which derives at least 50% of its electricity from renewable sources, has been providing service to residents and businesses in Richmond since 2013.



  1. Very interesting. The residents might want to inquire as to whether a cost benefit analysis has been done. Secondarily, there are enhancements mentioned. I imagine residents should know what those enhancements include and how they will specifically and directly benefit from them. From there they can weigh in on the cost vs. benefit for them as residents.